The Little Prince

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Stars Symbol Analysis

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Stars take on different meanings throughout the book—as the little prince says before his final departure, "All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people." For explorers, the stars are guiding lights; for the businessman, stars are a number to count and own; for the king, the stars are subjects to rule; and for the pilot, the stars represent the little prince's presence on another planet. For the pilot, the stars contain the laughter of the little prince, and when he watches the stars, only he will be able to hear them laughing. The stars in The Little Prince represent what each character holds most dear.

Stars Quotes in The Little Prince

The The Little Prince quotes below all refer to the symbol of Stars. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Relationships Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harcourt Brace & Company edition of The Little Prince published in 291970.
Chapter 7 Quotes

"If someone loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. He can say to himself, 'Somewhere, my flower is there...' But if the sheep eats the flower, in one moment all his stars will be darkened... And you think that is not important!"

Related Characters: The Little Prince (speaker), The Pilot/Narrator, The Rose/Flower
Related Symbols: Stars
Page Number: 29-30
Explanation and Analysis:

The prince objects to the hierarchy created by the pilot, forcing him to reconsider what he assumes to be more or less important. For the pilot, the most pressing task of the moment is the obvious problem with his plane's motor. Fanciful stories about far-away roses in danger simply do not seem relevant to him.

But the little prince's speech implies that there may be a better way to think about what is important than simply equating it with what is immediate, present, and materially urgent. Instead, importance for the prince rests on the significance of relationships – even when there is no physical presence to bear witness to a certain relationship. As the prince looks out towards the stars, he can derive joy from knowing that the rose he loves is there, somewhere, even if he cannot see her. This distance, however, makes the relationship perilously fragile, even as it underlines how essential the rose is to the prince.

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Chapter 13 Quotes

"Oh, no. Little golden objects that set lazy men to idle dreaming. As for me, I am concerned with matters of consequence. There is no time for idle dreaming in my life."

Related Characters: The Businessman (speaker)
Related Symbols: Stars
Page Number: 54
Explanation and Analysis:

The prince and the businessman are both actually interested in some of the same things: here, namely, the stars in the sky. But while for the little prince these stars are an object of wonder and admiration, the businessman has nothing but contempt for the curiosity and dreaming that these "little golden objects" might inspire. Instead, the interest he has in them is purely material: he is interested by the stars in terms of what they can do for him, the riches that they can gain for him. These riches are what count for the businessman as "matters of consequence," a term that comes up again and again in the book. We are meant, of course, to see that what the businessman considers so important actually is entirely inessential and irrelevant to stars in their essential beauty. 

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Stars Symbol Timeline in The Little Prince

The timeline below shows where the symbol Stars appears in The Little Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
The True and the Essential Theme Icon
Childhood vs. Adulthood Theme Icon
...result, the pilot brings himself down to their level, talking of sensible matters instead of stars, boa constrictors, or primeval forests. (full context)
Chapter 13
Relationships Theme Icon
The True and the Essential Theme Icon
Childhood vs. Adulthood Theme Icon
The little prince understands that the businessman is counting the stars and asks what one does with five hundred millions of stars. The businessman replies that... (full context)
Chapter 14
The True and the Essential Theme Icon
...After all, each time the lamplighter lights the street lamp, it is as if another star is brought into the world, and this is a thing of beauty—and because his job... (full context)
Chapter 25
Relationships Theme Icon
The True and the Essential Theme Icon
Exploration vs. Narrowmindedness Theme Icon
...little prince a drink, realizing that the water is sweeter for their walk beneath the stars and for his effort acquiring it from the well. (full context)
Chapter 26
Relationships Theme Icon
The True and the Essential Theme Icon
...will make the pilot a gift of his laughter. Every time the pilot sees the stars, he shall hear the little prince's laughter. (full context)
Chapter 27
Relationships Theme Icon
The True and the Essential Theme Icon
Exploration vs. Narrowmindedness Theme Icon
...landscape of the little prince's site of arrival and departure—two desert hills and a single star—and beseeches readers to pay attention should they find themselves in this spot in Africa. If... (full context)